Life in Ireland: Visa Information

Visa Information for Ireland


The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service is part of the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland.  You won’t need a visa to enter Ireland if you are from on of the 28 countries of the European Union, you can find this list here. A  holiday/short-stay Visa Waiver Programme has been set up for some countries whose nationals currently require a visa to visit Ireland even on a short term visit. This programme allows nationals of countries such as India, China and the Russian Federation, who have a short-term UK visa, to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. But please note that this programme will end on 31 October 2016. You can find more information on this exception here >

Time it Takes to Get a Visa for Ireland

In other cases, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service recommend you apply for your visa at least eight weeks prior to when you expect to arrive. They also stipulate that it is not recommended by them to book flights etc. before receiving yours visa.

What May You Be Asked To Provide

Depending on the reasons for your visit or move and the proposed length of your stay, you may be asked to provide evidence for s number of different things to show that this is true. This can include:

  • Showing sufficiently strong family, social or economic ties to a place of residence in a country other than Ireland to assure the visa officer assessing the application that the projected stay in Ireland will be temporary.
  • A number of documents, depending on the visa type applied for, which can be found here >

A visa officer may also look to assess:

  • That you will leave Ireland at the end of your visit.
  • That you, or relatives or friends in Ireland who are sponsoring your trip, have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or accessing public funds.
  • That you have proof of return or onward travel arrangements.
  • That you will not breach the Common Travel Area by seeking to enter the UK via Ireland without a valid UK visa.
  • Your immigration history in relation to Ireland, the UK, the Schengen Zone and other countries.
  • Any other issue which the visa officer deems relevant.

In December of 2013, the office also published a new document on family reunification which you can also find more information for on their website.

For useful links to information on gaining entry to Ireland and on Life in Ireland when you arrive, so you can plan ahead, please visit the Life in Ireland section of our Translation Company. Here you’ll find helpful information on education, housing, travel and business in Ireland.

If you require an interpreter or translator for your Visa application or for your visit, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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